Jamie’s Latin lover – in classical sense

From the Cambridge News

Cambridge University classics professor Mary Beard will appear on celebrity … read a real piece of real Latin written by a real Roman after three lessons. … Read on >>>

the 2,000 year riddle of Rome’s lost Ninth Legion is solved at last

For centuries, historians have puzzled over the disappearance of a legion of 5,000 battle-hardened Roman soldiers in northern Britain around 108 AD.

The ancient riddle, which has captivated storytellers, has just been dramatised by Hollywood in The Eagle, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell.

Now, experts have revealed that the children’s book on which the film is based is more fact than fiction.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1358700/Hollywood-film-The-Eagle-Romes-lost-Ninth-Legion-solves-riddle-last.html#ixzz1EbG1Knrh

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Britain needs much more euergetism

The super-rich must pay for schools and hospitals to stop the gap between rich and poor in recession-hit Britain becoming as big as it was in Victorian days, Boris Johnson has warned.

Drawing on his background as a Classics scholar, the London Mayor called for a ‘greater sense of euergetism’ – a word derived from Classical Greek that means philanthropy.

He said the ‘orgy of hate’ directed at bankers and others who earned ‘shedloads of dosh’ was wrong but, in turn, billionaires and multi-millionaires should follow the example of Victorian England – or modern America – where wealthy individuals regard it as their duty to fund worthy civic projects.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1358739/Britain-needs-euergetism-says-Boris-Johnson-classicist.html#ixzz1EbEUxTzJ

Forget Mandarin: Latin is the key to success

From The Spectator
The 26-year-old founder of Facebook studied Classics at Phillips Exeter Academy and listed Latin as one of the languages he spoke on his Harvard application …